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Gender Euphoria: Contemporary Art Beyond the Binary

July 9, 2020 - September 30, 2020

A bright and colorful pastel and graphite drawing with one, neon pink person reclining horizontally next to a pale pink person with short green hair

Gender Euphoria: Contemporary Art Beyond the Binary will open July 9, 2020 on Five Oaks Museum’s website and social media and through interactive programming. In order to prioritize everyone’s safety, the exhibition will be entirely non-location based. In this shift of Gender Euphoria to a virtual form, Guest Curator Becca Owen hopes to demonstrate the adaptability and fluidity that characterize many experiences of transness and genderqueerness. Owen states: “The artists, museum team, and myself, the curator, will use digital technologies to share content as well as analog strategies that speak to the history of queer folks connecting across time and space.”

Gender Euphoria features works by gender non-conforming artists who explore feelings of delight, bliss, and elation in genderqueerness. Selected through an open call, the included artists reflect the variety of non-normative gender expressions; the exhibition depicts diverse truths about gender identity in opposition to the reification of a singular, dominant narrative of genderqueerness. The artists featured in Gender Euphoria explore intersecting identities, which are often connected to gender expression. The artworks and programming spark and make space for complex conversations around identity.

This exhibition was conceptualized before the current, urgent protests for Black lives, and Gender Euphoria is not a Black-led project. There is so much vital content coming out of the Black Lives Matter movement, and Owen will continue to use the exhibition’s Instagram platform to share resources and affirm that Black trans lives matter. We remember and seek justice for Tony McDade, Rem’mie Fells, Riah Milton, and Tete Gulley. This exhibition of contemporary art by trans and genderqueer artists shares goals of collective justice and liberation with the Black Lives Matter movement. The creativity and envisioning of liberated futures that are embodied in Gender Euphoria are interconnected with the movement for Black lives and Black liberation.

All contemporary genderqueer art owes a debt to our Black trans, intersex, and gender non-conforming ancestors and contemporaries, including Marsha P. Johnson, Mykki Blanco, Vaginal Davis, Tourmaline, Juliana Huxtable, and many more. You can read Five Oaks Museum’s Black Lives Matter statement and explore anti-racist resources at https://fiveoaksmuseum.org/anti-racist-resources/.


July 9, 2020
September 30, 2020
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Five Oaks Museum


BIPOC artist(s), Women artist(s), LGBTQIA+ curated, LGBTQIA+ artist(s)


Five Oaks Museum
17677 NW Springville Road
Portland, OR 97229 United States
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